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SPR 2016

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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Page 23 of 35 22 | S&BP and CST & CBRNE | Spring 2016 TechUpdate TechUpdate Helo Helmets Gentex Corporation, a global leader in personal protection and situational awareness solutions for defense forces, will produce 900 Gentex HGU-56/P Improved Rotary Wing Helmets in 2016 for U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircrew. Gentex's field proven HGU-56/P Rotary Wing Helmet System was improved to support the U.S. Army Air Soldier Program objective to reduce the weight and bulk of f light safety equipment to support extended mission requirements of rotary wing aircrew. The improved HGU-56/P weighs less than the standard HGU-56/P making it easily wearable during extended use. By utilizing an innovative lightweight retention and suspension system, the improved HGU- 56/P also increases comfort and stability. Additional design changes to the Gentex Energy Attenuating Liner (EAL) provide even better situational awareness by shifting the wearer's head forward to increase field of view. Key capability upgrades include: eye and face protection; visual acuity enhancement; communications; hearing protection; and respiratory and CBRN protection. Gentex also offers aircrew f light equipment test sets and aircrew f light equipment servicing, fitting, and operations/maintenance training. More info: EOD Competition Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians are called upon to solve complex, abstract problems with no room for error. Their basic mission is to respond to, identify and render safe unexploded ordnance, both on and off military installations across the United States in stateside missions and overseas. Six three-man bomb squad teams, representing the best Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from the 79th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, plus an Air Force EOD team, competed in the Team of the Year Competition at Cold Springs Demo Range March 20-24. The top performing team will compete in the 71st Group Team of the Year at Fort Sill June 19-25 and subsequently the Department of the Army Team of the Year competition later this year. The four-day challenge consisted of 13 EOD scenarios over three days out in the field, including stateside scenarios and deployed environment scenarios, in addition to physical challenges such as a 14-mile ruck march, land navigation course and weapons qualification courses. Comprehensive Challenge For the competition, each team planned for every possible contingency and packed a truck with multiple robots onboard, as well as an 89-pound bomb suit made of many layers of Kevlar, plastic and foam that protect the EOD tech from blast injuries, portable X-ray machines and CBRNE supplies such as the M-150 gas masks. During the first day of round robin training, the teams were tasked with disposing of two 2.75-inch rocket ordnance without causing any collateral damage to a plate of glass four feet away, which symbolized a structure such as a house or other building in a real-world situation. The EOD technicians would need to be able to keep the surrounding structures safe without moving the ordnance by precisely arranging sandbags before disposing of the ordnance by detonation. Nuclear Weapons Testing During the nuclear weapons exercise, the Soldiers were faced with depleted uranium on the field. They had to brainstorm the hazards presented and discussed the endless possibilities. Is it leaking or not? Does it have the potential to cause hazards down range? If the wind picks up can this device affect people downwind? One of the hardest challenges was the dismounted scenario, where the teams reacted to a scenario that can happen overseas. EOD was called out to locate an angled rocket placed on top of a scissor jack attached to a timer and battery from a Forward Operating Base 400 meters away. Evaluations After each mission, the EOD teams conducted forensic investigations and collected evidence to understand the circumstances surrounding each incident in order to brief the acting field commander of the team's operations. All of the team leaders were evaluated based on their ability to adapt and continue with the mission without any degrade in mission capability while protecting personal property and collecting evidence. More info: Enhanced Detection Sensors The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) has announced that it has built an enhanced CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive) threat detection device called CASTLE (CBRNE Assessment Science and Technology Lab at ECBC) that increases the range of detection for CBRNE threats. CASTLE is a product of ECBC's Grand Challenge Program — an internal initiative where ECBC employees can submit proposals to solve challenges facing soldiers during potential CBRNE threats--- and is currently involved with ongoing projects with foreign governments, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD). CASTLE greatly increases the range of detection of CBRNE threats from current technological standards. Most laboratories that deal with chemical and biological testing can test detectors from maximum distances of just a few inches away. With CASTLE, researchers can support the testing and development of equipment that can detect chemical and biological agents at distances of up to 24 meters in a secure facility. More info: Handheld IED Detection NIITEK®, Inc., a subsidiary of Chemring Sensors & Electronic Systems US (CSES US) and part of the Chemring Group PLC (Chemring), has announced that it received a contract valued at approximately $10 million for its GROUNDSHARK system from a Gulf Region country. The units will be delivered through August 2016. The internationally available GROUNDSHARK is a dual sensor handheld system used to detect buried objects and threats, such as improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mines. GROUNDSHARK is based on the integration of NIITEK's market-leading ground-penetrating radar (GPR) with Australia's Minelab Electronics' advanced Metal Detector, to create the most technically sound and user- friendly handheld detector on the market. GROUNDSHARK identifies and visualizes subsurface metallic and non-metallic objects for use in a variety of tasks for soldiers, civilians, and EOD

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